The Serpent Brass Horn.

by Daniel Russ on October 2, 2012

The Serpent Brass Horn

The Serpent Brass Horn

Thomas Key manufactured musical instruments. Woodwinds to be sure, saxophones, brass horns and flutes. In the early 19th century Thomas Key was listed as instrument maker “to their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales, Dukes of York, Kent, Cumberland and Cambridge.” The Brass Horn was found in military bands for two hundred years, although primarily as an instrument that was played while seated and stationary.


Serpent Brass Horn

Serpent Brass Horn


The Serpent pictured is a typical military serpent horn. There are six holes and seven keys on saddles. It has brass struts and a bell angled forward, and an ivory mouthpiece.


According to “Douglas Yeo, principal bass trombone player of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, when he visited on a study tour in 2009.”




Source: Oxford online, Wikipedia, YouTube


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